NM State (1-9) vs. Pacific (4-4)
Friday, March 11 | 11:00 am | NM State Tennis Center | Las Cruces, NM
NM State at Northern Arizona (1-6)
Sunday, March 13 | 10:00 am | NAU Tennis Center | Flagstaff, Ariz.
THE FIRST SERVE
• Two matches in three days has the NM State women’s tennis team competing once at home and once on the road. The Aggies look to string together back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host Pacific at 11:00 am Friday morning at the NM State Tennis Complex.
• From there, NM State travels to Flagstaff, Ariz., For a non-conference matchup with Northern Arizona Sunday morning at 10:00 am
• NM State is coming off of its first dual match win of the season, having claimed a 4-3 victory over Portland last Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev. Natsuki Nishimura won her first singles match as an Aggie in her team’s win while freshman Lisa Zhu locked down the win with her flight two triumph. Zhu stands as the team’s leader in singles wins, owning a mark of 4-3.
• In doubles play, Zhu has partnered with junior Chloe Gavino to give NM State its best tandem team. That duo has conjured up a 4-1 record with its lone setback coming Friday against UNLV. Together, Gavino and Zhu have accumulated all but three of the team’s doubles wins in 2022.
• Miranda Bishard and Beautiful Nguyen played a part in NM State’s Saturday win, too, collecting their first doubles win of the year. Their line three win against Portland helped NM State lock up the doubles point while evening their 2022 record at 1-1.
SCOUTING PACIFIC | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Making a trip to Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, Texas, for two matches in two days, Pacific has hopes of putting an end to a four-match losing skid. Following a 4-1 triumph over UIC on Friday, Feb. 18, the Tigers have dropped each of their last four matches.
• All but two of the team’s eight dual matches in 2022 have taken place on the road.
• Through the early stages of the Tigers’ schedule, Zoe Clydesdale-Eberle and Danielle Zamora have been some of the team’s best performers in singles action. Both won four of their first five singles bouts of 2022 and the former owns a team-best 5-3 mark in one-on-one play.
• Nearly all of the Tigers’ doubles win have as courtesy of the duo of Alexis Sam and Cindy Ung. That pair possesses a 5-1 mark in tandem play.
SCOUTING NORTHERN ARIZONA | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS
• Each of the Lumberjacks’ last five matches have resulted in losses and they’ll be looking to enter the win column for the first time since Feb. 4, 2022, when NM State makes the trip to Flagstaff.
• Top-flight singles competitor Gina Dittmann is the team’s only player with singles mark above .500. Thanks to wins in each of her last three outings, Dittmann’s 2022 record stands at 4-2.
• Northern Arizona has posted a doubles record of 2-15 (.118) through the 2022 campaign with the tandem of Dittmann and Annabel Davis (1-2) owning one of those two tandem triumphs.
• Sunday morning’s match is the team’s first home match of 2022 and Northern Arizona will be hoping to extend its 18-match winning streak in home tilts when the take on the Aggies.
COMING UP NEXT
• The Aggies return to Las Cruces for their final home dual match of the regular season. Saturday, March 19, NM State will play host to NCAA Division II foe UT Permian Basin at the NM State Tennis Center.
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